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Rs 125 coin to mark Ambedkar’s 125th birth anniversary

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By NewsGram Staff Writer

New Delhi: To memorialize the 125th birth anniversary of Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar, the government is likely to come out with a coin of Rs. 125.

br-ambedkars-124th-birthday-5097871942615040-hpBorn on April 14, 1891, Ambedkar’s 125th anniversary has stirred up a political debate between the Congress and the BJP, with both parties trying to claim his legacy. While the opposition announced a year-long celebration, the government followed it up with its own schedule.

The celebratory coin will carry a picture of Ambedkar with 125th birth anniversary celebration etched on it and Rs 125 embossed on it prominently, according to sources. The government will also release a memorial stamp on Ambedkar. Sources say that discussions are going on between the finance ministry and the social justice ministry, headed by Thaawar Chand Gehlot, on the shape and value of the coin.

Also, the government might start demolishing the building at 26, Alipur Road in Delhi around October to pave the ground for the construction of an ‘Ambedkar memorial.’ The Constitution maker lived in the Alipur Road bungalow during his stay in the capital and also breathed his last there.

The unusual attention towards Ambedkar is a result of his second coming as a leader, with the parties trying to bring in the significant amount of Scheduled Caste votes by commemorating him. The Modi government planned out a list of details of events to celebrate the late leader, and Congress president Sonia Gandhi led a party panel to plan the year-long Ambedkar jayanti celebrations.

The competition between the BJP and the Congress became more obvious as Rahul Gandhi led the “national launch” of the Congress programme by visiting the Ambedkar statue in his birthplace Mhow and addressing a public rally later in the town.

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Modi Inaugurates Patna Metro Rail Project Through Video Conferencing

The Patna Metro Rail project will cost about Rs 13,365.77 crore. It comprises two corridors of a total length 31.39 km.

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Modi also opened the city's gas distribution at Patna and the Patna River Front Development's first phase. Pixabay

Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Sunday laid the foundation of the much-awaited Patna Metro Rail through video conferencing from Begusarai in Bihar.

Modi also opened the city’s gas distribution at Patna and the Patna River Front Development’s first phase.

The Prime Minister then launched the expansion work of Barauni’s oil refinery which would be increased to 9 million tonnes and other projects estimated to cost Rs 33,000 crore.

The Patna Metro Rail project will cost about Rs 13,365.77 crore. It comprises two corridors of a total length 31.39 km.

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The project is expected to be completed in five years from the date of commencement. Wikimedia

In the first phase, a 33.1-km-long track having two corridors — east-west and north-south — will come up in Patna.

The west-east corridor would run between Danapur and Patna railway station via Dakbungalow Square while the south-north corridor would run between the Inter-State Bus Terminal and Gandhi Maidan via Rajendra Nagar and Ashok Rajpath.

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The project is expected to be completed in five years from the date of commencement.

Earlier, Modi flew into Patna and was welcomed by Governor Lalji Tandon and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. All of them then took a helicopter to Begusarai, 130 km from Patna. (IANS)